William Smith (Virginia representative)

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William Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 21st district
In office
March 4, 1823 - March 3, 1827
Preceded by Thomas Newton, Jr.
Succeeded by Lewis Maxwell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1821 – March 3, 1823
Preceded by Ballard Smith
Succeeded by Jabez Leftwich
Personal details
Born Unknown
Chesterfield County, Virginia
Died Unknown
Political party Jacksonian
Other political
affiliations
Democratic-Republican

William Smith was an eighteenth and nineteenth century congressman from Virginia.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Chesterfield, Virginia, Smith graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1807. He studied law and relocated to Greenbriar County, Virginia.[1]

During the War of 1812 Smith served as a captain of artillery, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia.[2]

Smith was first elected to the House of Delegates for the session of 1819/20.[3]

He was elected a Democratic-Republican, Crawford Republican and Jacksonian to the United States House of Representatives in 1820, serving from 1821 to 1827.[4]

Smith served a second time in the House of Delegates for the session of 1828/29.[5]

Smith was elected to the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829-1830 from Greenbrier County, serving from a district made up of Monroe, Greenbriar, Bath, Botetourt, Alleghay, Pocahontas and Nicolas. He served there on the Committee on the Executive Department.[6]

In the 1840s, Smith was an aide to Democratic Governor James McDowell 1843-46, and served as a presidential elector in 1844.[7]

Smith was elected to the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1850 from Greenbrier County, serving from a district made up of Greenbrier County, from an Assembly district made up of the transmontane Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Fayette, Raleigh, Nicholas and Kanawha Counties.[8].

In the 1850s, Smith served from Greenbriar in the Virginia Senate in the sessions of 1857/58 and 1859/60. On the eve of the American Civil War, he again served in January of 1861.[9]

Election of 1821[edit]

Smith was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 53.17% of the vote, defeating fellow Democratic-Republican James Wilson.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ballard Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 7th congressional district

1821–1823
Succeeded by
Jabez Leftwich
Preceded by
Thomas Newton, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 21st congressional district

1823–1827
Succeeded by
Lewis Maxwell

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.